Gamera vs. Gyaos
General Information
Directed by

Noriaki Yuasa

Produced by

Hidemasa Nagata

Written by

Takahashi Niisan

Composed by

Tadashi Yamauchi

Production Information
Distributed by

American International TelevisionUS


Not Rated



Box office


Running time

86 minutes
(1 hour, 26 minutes)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (大怪獣空中戦 ガメラ対ギャオス,   Daikaijū Kūchū-sen: Gamera tai Gyaosu?, lit. Giant Monster Dogfight: Gamera Against Gyaos), also known as Return of the Giant Monsters, is a 1967 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and the third entry in the Gamera series.


Express Engineering Corp is building a highway in the forest near Mt. Fuji. Challenged by local villagers, foreman Shiro Tsutsumi and his crew are plagued with protests and sabotage. Nearby, a survey team from the United Nations is killed when their helicopter is literally cut by a beam emitted from a cave in the mountains. A small boy, Eiichi Kanamura, grandson of the village elder Tatsuemon Kanamura, finds reporter Okabe snooping around. Okabe and Eiichi check out a strange light - which leads them to the cave where Gyaos, a giant bat-like bird-monster, is currently residing.

Running for his life, Okabe ditches Eiichi at the cave - but runs into Gyaos who devours him. Shiro and his crew (who are also checking out the light from the cave) arrive just in time to see an epic battle where Gamera and Gyaos exchange blows (with Eiichi in the middle). During the battle, it is shown that Gyaos can't withstand fire. Realizing this, Gamera grabs the young boy and gets him to safety. After alerting the public about Gyaos and his abililties, zoologist Dr. Aoki investigate Gyaos's prehistoric origins. The public is put on alert - stay indoors at night - Gyaos is nocturnal. But after another battle with Gamera, Gyaos seems to be the victor, as Gamera tends to his wounds at the bottom of the sea. Even after using light flares to annoy Gyaos, the Japanese Self-Defense Force is still annihilated by the monster.

After another battle, Gamera holds Gyaos in the water while the sun rises. But Gyaos, sensing its mortal danger, chooses to sever its own foot with its sonic beam in lieu of death and flies off. A plan is put into effect that would draw Gyaos into the sunlight after experiments reveal that the sun causes the severed foot to shrink. The Defense Force constructs a rotating platform with a giant bowl of synthetic blood on it. Gyaos, landing on the platform and drinking the blood, will become dizzy and not be able to get off before the sun rises. The plan ultimately fails, but Gamera arrives to do battle with Gyaos once more. During the battle, the sun rises, weakening Gyaos. Gamera seizes the opportunity and throws the weakened Gyaos into the crater of an active volcano, killing it.




Main article: Gamera vs. Gyaos/Gallery.

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - March 15, 1967; 2015 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Germany - October 15, 1971



  • This film marks the introduction of Gyaos, who would go on to appear in several more films (the only enemy monster in the series to do so) and become Gamera's arch-enemy.
  • A WILD 幼虫 飼育環境 APPEARED

    Breeding Cave Larva seen in the Sonorama book

    In the Gamera vs. Gyaos Sonorama adaptation, it is shown that insects that resemble Meganulon live and breed deep into the Gyaos' cave.
  • The 1995 reboot to the Gamera series, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, contains many references to this film. Its Japanese title, Gamera: Daikaiju Kūchū Kessen, is similar to this film's Japanese title, Daikaiju Kūchū-sen: Gamera tai Gyaosu. The theatrical poster for Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is also designed to resemble this film's poster. Gamera's final battle with Super Gyaos in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe also shares many similarities with scenes from Gamera vs. Gyaos, notably the scene when Super Gyaos severs its own foot with its sonic beam to escape Gamera.
  • Gamera vs. Gyaos was one of four Gamera films to be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2015 to celebrate Gamera's 50th anniversary.

Film media
Godzilla films
King Kong films
Mothra films
Gamera films
Other films
Cancelled or scrapped films


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